Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Abuse Drugs Types

The most commonly abused medications are:

The most commonly abused street drugs are:
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • GHB
  • Hallucinogens:
    • Angel dust
    • Mescaline
    • Mushrooms
    • PCP
    • LSD
  • Marijuana
  • Amphetamines
    • Ice abuse
    • Speed abuse

Abuse Drugs GHB

Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a natural chemical in the brain.

The drug is used for:

Abuse Drugs Hallucinogens

Hallucinations are seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not real. Hallucinogenic drugs cause a dream-like state. These drugs can cause flashbacks, which are hallucinations long after having taken the drug.

Types of hallucinogens include:

  • Angel dust
  • LSD
  • Mescaline
  • Mushrooms
  • PCP

Abuse Drugs Marijuana

Marijuana and hashish are the most commonly abused street drugs. Both of these drugs come from the plant, cannabis. This drug can be smoked or eaten.

Abuse Drugs Narcotics

Narcotic drugs are used to treat pain.

Types of narcotic pain medications:

Abuse Drugs Sedatives

Sedatives slow down mental processes. They may be used to treat seizures, anxiety or depression. They cause sleepiness and a lack of energy.

Types of sedatives include:

Abuse Drugs Stimulants

Stimulants cause the body and mind to be overactive or excited.

Types of stimulants include:

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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